First milestone achieved

The last 2 weeks have not been monumental, but I have enjoyed a couple of lovely outings. 

The first was to visit a friend in Glastonbury who has recently adopted 2 beautiful fur babies named Artemis and Apollo. It was such a lovely day for a long drive through the English countryside. We really do live in a beautiful part of the country. We were going to have lunch out, but the town was buzzing with sooo many people. We finally chose a lovely vegan restaurant that did take out which we ate back at the house. I had never tried vegan halloumi before, but it was delicious in a wrap with lots of other wonderful things. It was deep fried but it was so worth it. Thanks Alison for the great company and giving me the chance to get away from my own four walls and see other people. 

I also had another date with the Grand Prix with my Dad and for afternoon tea made the most delicious Chocolate Peanut Oat Bars – slightly amended from Natalie Jo’s recipe – https://nataliejo.co/chocolate-almond-butter-oatmeal-bars/

Don’t they look scrumptious !!

Work is obviously constant at the moment with still working from home while trying to keep myself busy and sane.  Thinking about food is definitely helping and I am finding inspiration from lots of different sources. I used a recipe from Jamie Oliver to make a vegan version of his Balinese Chicken curry.

I love watching cooking shows and have recently become engrossed in Masterchef Australia. Oh my word. I am constantly blown away at the creations those chefs come up with on the spur of the moment. I am pretty confident in the kitchen, but don’t have that kind of open mind or knowledge. Just fantastic. 

Sunday was another lovely out day visiting with a good friend, with my first actual meal in a restaurant since lock down. You obviously have to wear a mask into the venue, but then take them off when you eat. Its all a little weird but I suppose our new normal. 

Now the BIG news – my milestone this week is that I have hit a certain number weight wise (I’m still a little ashamed to publicly say what that is) and I have also now lost just over 20 pounds since the beginning of May since I really started following a WFPB way of life. I am thrilled. I didn’t start this journey to lose weight, that has just been an incredible side benefit. Most of all, I don’t feel like I am missing out on anything. So that has to be a good thing.

I have an exciting week planned. I have ordered a new TV and upgraded to Sky Q. Should be fun trying out all these new things. Will let you know how it goes…

Chinese inspiration

This past week has not been a particularly eventful one. So what I have done with all my time over the last 7 days?

Work has been the same, although one of people I work with, was just walking along with her husband and they got by a cyclist. Not only that, but the person was drunk. How does that work?? The couple were both hurt, thankfully not seriously, but oh my gosh, it could have been so much worse.

I know lots of people say vegan food has got to be boring and not tasty, but I am determined to try new things. With that in mind, I went shopping at a local Chinese wholesale market on Saturday and came home with some fantastic ingredients and lots of new ideas.

Sunday was a rather productive day. I managed to do some laundry which got hung up on the line outside in the sun. I even did some gardening including mowing the lawn with the help of my dad, before sitting down to watch the very controversial Italian Grand Prix, followed by the T20 cricket.

The star of the whole day was the fantastic sweet and sour meal I made. I added to the recipe I found at www.plantbasedrecipe.com by adding some water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and grilled tofu. All in all, a real success and one I will absolutely make again.

I have always loved Chinese food and was very fortunate to visit China a few years ago. There were so many places we saw and experienced. Below are just some of the hundreds of photos I took which I am sure more people would recognize :).

A view of a small selection of Great Wall of China
One of the tombs discovered of the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, China
And of course, one of the cutest looking animals on the planet.

Another week

A start of another week after a very boring long weekend. After not feeling very well last week and with not eating nearly enough fruit and vegetables or hardly doing any exercise, I was feeling really lethargic. But I have almost reached my first real milestone weight wise – which is an added benefit.

I am now sort of back on track even after making some delicious oat and raisin cookies from Natalie Jo – https://nataliejo.co/oil-free-oatmeal-raisin-cookies-vegan-gf/. I forgot to take some photos but will for my next challenge.

I have also been inspired to make a bean casserole. More to follow ….